Whiplash injury questions and answers
80% of those involved in car accidents suffer whiplash injuries but some who have not been involved in such accidents also suffer headaches and neck pain. They might be unsure of the cause while others experience clear whiplash symptoms and cannot figure out how they sustained the injury. If you are unsure of whether you have sustained a whiplash injury or not then read on and The Claim Solicitors might help you to shed some light on the situation.
Have you been involved in an accident where your head was jerked forwards and backwards, out of its normal range of motion?
Whiplash injuries are most commonly sustained as a result of car accidents, specifically rear-end collisions. However, they can be caused by any sudden motion that 'whips' the head back and forth, stretching the muscles and ligaments drastically out of position. Accidents while horse riding or taking part in contact sports such as football, rugby and marshal arts have all been known to cause whiplash injuries to competitors in the past also.
Are you experiencing neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness and sleep disturbance?
There are many physical symptoms associated with whiplash injuries including pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulder and lower back, headaches, dizziness and balance complaints, blurred vision, ringing in the ears and difficulty swallowing. A number of psychological symptoms such as poor concentration, fatigue and anxiety have also been related to whiplash patients. Any combination of the above symptoms may indicate that you are suffering a whiplash injury but be wary as these are also common symptoms associated with other disorders such as stress.
When did you start experiencing these symptoms?
Whiplash symptoms can become apparent immediately but in some instances it can take as many as 72 hours after an accident for whiplash symptoms to make themselves known, as bruising and swelling develops. In most cases pain and discomfort will dissipate within a few days. On the other hand, patients suffering from more extreme whiplash injuries may need several months to fully recover.
Do you have a history of these symptoms?
If you have sustained a whiplash injury, neck injury or spinal injury in the past then you may be more susceptible to sustaining a similar injury in the future as your muscles and ligaments have become weakened. It is possible for whiplash injuries which occurred many years ago and did not have the chance to heal properly to rear their ugly heads and cause muscular pain and stiffness.
Have you been to see your GP?
As soon as you start experiencing any pain and discomfort following a car accident or other accident it is advisable to seek medical assistance. A doctor will be able to assess the severity of your personal injury and send you for further tests if necessary. For example, you may require an X-ray to rule out the possibility of a neck fracture. You will also need to see a medical professional for diagnosis before you consider making a personal injury compensation claim.
Have you been prescribed anything to treat your symptoms?
There are many methods used to treat whiplash injuries. A doctor may prescribe treatments which may include heat compresses, anti-inflammatory painkillers, muscle relaxants and the use of a neck collar. Physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, naprapathy with registered specialists and mobility exercises suggested by a medical professional can also be used to ease neck pain. Read more about treatments for whiplash injury.
Have you thought about claiming whiplash injury compensation?
If you have sustained a whiplash injury as a result of an accident that wasn't your fault then you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
We are associated with an expert panel of personal injury solicitors who can help you to claim for pain and suffering, lost earnings and medical expenses. They may even be able to arrange for you to have top medical treatment for your whiplash injury with a specialist in your area.
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For free legal advice talk to one of our claim advisors online now. If you would like to make a whiplash injury claim then either fill out a free claim assessment form online or request an urgent call back so we can get in contact with you straight away.
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